About the course

This course will run subject to enrolment numbers.

Access to Medicine is an intensive science‐based one year full time course tailored to the requirements of a medical degree, designed to provide an alternative route for non-traditional students into medical training.

It is a course for mature students who, having achieved in other areas, now wish to retrain as doctors. These include:

  • those with experience in other health-related professions
  • those whose initial career choice has proved unsatisfying and who wish to change their field of employment to the health care sector
  • those who have previously studied in higher education, but whose studies did not constitute a suitable preparation for medical training


1 year

Entry requirements

Level 2 English and/or Maths.

We will consider exceptions to this requirement, subject to any other qualifications or evidence of the required competencies.

Who is it suitable for?

Please note: there is no upper age limit for this course.

How much does it cost?


If you're aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

Awarding body


Why study?

You will become proficient in a number of standard laboratory techniques including microscopy, dissections, spectroscopy, gel electrophoresis, PCR, aseptic technique, basic microbiology, chemical and biochemical identification tests, organic syntheses and approximations of physical standards.

This course will prepare you for entry to a university course, even if you don't currently have the qualifications you need. Once you've achieved your Access to HE Diploma there are a wide range of higher education options open to you at the University of your choice. The career you always wanted is nearer than you think.

Where will this course take me?

Learners on the Access to Medicine programme would have a clear progression pathway to multiple local universities. Those in the area that already accept this qualification include ARU, Kent Medway, Leicester, St George's, Southampton, Newcastle and Oxford (Students are expected to undertake an aptitude test for entry, this is either BMAT or UCAT).

(Note: the above Medical schools have accepted our students previously, name Harlow College specifically or do not specify specific colleges.)

Alternative degrees possible with the Access to Medicine Diploma include Biology, Biomedical Science, Bioengineering and Dietetics.

Core modules

Ungraded modules:

  • Introduction to Biology
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Pattern of disease in a developing country
  • Presentation
  • Research project presentation

Graded modules:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Epidemiology
  • Research Project
  • Mathematics

How will I be assessed?

  • Closed book exams for all the ungraded introduction(s) to the three Science subjects
  • Seminar presentations
  • Assignments and exams for the graded modules

Will I have to provide anything?

Apart from reagents and plastic consumables, all relevant lab equipment is in place.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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